Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

Requirements for the degree program consist of 33 total credits for students who do a thesis and/or attain the CAD4SCI (Certificate in Applied Digital Forensic Science). Alternatively, 39 total credits are required with the six additional credits selected from the designated Forensic and Security or Criminal Justice electives .


    Required Courses

    Subtotal: 15 credits

    FCM 710 Architecture of Secure Operating Systems
    FCM 742 Network Security
    CRJ/FCM 752 Law and High Technology Crime
    FCM 753 Digital Forensics Applications
    FCM 760 Forensic Management of Digital Evidence

    Forensic and Security Electives

    Subtotal: 9 credits

    FCM 700 Theoretical Foundations of Computing Security
    FCM/FOS 705 Mathematical Statistics for Forensic Science
    FCM 740 Data Communications and Forensics Security
    FCM 745 Network Forensics

    Criminal Justice Electives

    Subtotal: 3 credits

    CRJ 708 Law, Evidence and Ethics
    CRJ/FCM 727 Cybercriminology
    CRJ 733 Constitutional Law
    CRJ/PAD 750 Security of Information and Technology

    Graduate Elective

    Subtotal: 3 credits

    Any course in the graduate catalog
    (except for FCM 708 or FCM 709)
    to include the above electives.
    or
    FCM 787/788/789 Cooperative Education (1-3 credits)

    Capstone Options

    Subtotal: 3 credits

    Capstone Fieldwork + CAD4SCI
    Capstone Fieldwork

    Total: 33 credits
    Total: 39 credits*

    FCM 780 Capstone Seminar and Fieldwork

    Applied Research Project + CAD4SCI
    Applied Research Project

    Total: 33 credits
    Total: 39 credits*

    FCM 791 FCM Prospectus Seminar

    Thesis

    Total: 33 credits

    FCM 791 FCM Prospectus Seminar


    * Requires six additional credits from Forensic and Security or Criminal Justice electives.

    Applied Digital Forensic Science Certification Exam.

    The Applied Digital Forensic Science Certification Exam balances the role of theory and practice in the program of study by challenging students to prove their capacity to use computer science to address practical problems in digital forensics and cybersecurity. The exam is optional for degree students but is required to qualify for the Capstone Fieldwork Option and the CAD4SCI. A grade of Low Pass or better is required to qualify for Capstone Fieldwork. A grade of Pass or better is required to qualify for the CAD4SCI. Students may take the exam upon completion of FCM 710, FCM 742 and FCM 760. It is administered by the faculty and usually offered twice a year. Students have two chances to be graded on the exam but may withdraw once before grading.



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